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The Anchor Inn

€€ - €€€American, ,
468 N Shore Dr, Clear Lake, IA 50428-1373
+1 641-357-8688
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good25%
  • Average8%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“scallops” (2 reviews)
“burger” (3 reviews)
“prime rib” (3 reviews)
Open Now
16:00 - 21:00All hours
American, Bar, Pub
€€ - €€€
468 N Shore Dr, Clear Lake, IA 50428-1373
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Reviewed 20 August 2017

We were seated and given menus. That's as far as it got. The waitress returned to the table. We were told the kitchen was "backed up" and no longer accepting orders. It was 8:00 p.m. on a Saturday night. Probably a blessing in disguise!

Thank Vicki E
Reviewed 15 August 2017

We were directed there when the place we had picked out was not open. Service was great and food prepared perfectly.

Thank DavenportPete
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Reviewed 24 July 2017 via mobile

I was the only customer at their table, the waitress told me to move to a corner table. She then made sure the next customers all got their drink orders before even asking me what I would like. Menu items were pricey, as I never...More

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Angie H, Manager at The Anchor Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 27 July 2017

As owners, we were at restaurant prepping for RAGBRAI when you walked in asking to review or take a look at the menu, but didn't wish to be seated, nor when we wanted to accommodate you with a beverage, you declined. We also reviewed the...More

Reviewed 24 May 2017

If you've been out on the lake all day and don't want to take time to get cleaned up before heading out to dinner, this is the place for you. The decor is very basic and rather worn but the food is delicious and the...More

Thank Kirk G
Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

We had no idea where to go, we were in Clear Lake for a concert at the Surf. Stopped here and I'm happy we did!! The place smelled incredible and the food brought to our table, backed that smell up!! My husband had the scallops,...More

1  Thank Tina G
Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

We visited the Anchor Inn on one of their busiest nights - during the Winter Dance Party. They were very accommodating to our large group. The service was friendly and efficient. I enjoyed their sandwich called The Anchor - essentially very tender beef tips on...More

1  Thank Doug H
Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

Very busy. But needed to wait 1.5 hrs before putting order in. Did get appetizers which were very hood. Good service.

Thank Peg D
Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

We have dined here for dinner a few times this summer. Service as good each time and the food was excellent.

Thank Nate B
Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

I am generally forgiving since everyone has a bad day/night...but this was something new. An hour after our table of eight had ordered drinks and food, our server told us that she could not turn in our order because the kitchen was so busy. She...More

4  Thank Oracle1952
Reviewed 29 August 2016

The atmosphere is very relaxed. Angie, John and the wait staff could not have been more attentive. Our meals arrived piping hot and delicious. We were checked on frequently but never as an invasion as we have had occur at times. We felt the cost...More

Thank MPH48
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 468 N Shore Dr, Clear Lake, IA 50428-1373
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Clear Lake
  • Phone Number: +1 641-357-8688
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